Porcelain Dental Veneers

Veneers can be used to improve any of the following characteristics of your teeth:

  • Color — Veneers are available in numerous shades, from the most natural to the brightest Hollywood white.
  • Size & Shape — Teeth can be congenitally of abnormal size and/or shape or become worn down from grinding habits. Veneers can be shaped and sized in whichever way is most flattering to your face.
  • Alignment & Spacing — Veneers can be used to close small gaps between teeth or make slight corrections in alignment while improving tooth color and shape.

The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you
don't like about your smile as it is now. It's a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like,
as a starting point for discussion. It's possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in one
of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed,
or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect
veneers would have on them.

Once the plan has been agreed upon, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of
enamel, if this step is necessary. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental
laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during
the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from
the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.

Just like teeth, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will
remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups
at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep
in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from
using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like
candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your
teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers —
and your investment.